ESLT Executive Director, Karen Ferrell-Ingram, honored as the 2013 recipient of the Andrea Lawrence Award

On last Friday, April 26, the ESLT team was thrilled to attend the annual Andrea Lawrence Award Ceremony and Dinner, hosted by the Mono Lake Committee. Held at Parallax Restaurant in Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, the ALAD was a resounding success: with more than 80 attendees present, the celebration truly underscored the passion of the Eastern Sierra community for their home and for those who work to preserve it.

Our very own outgoing Executive Director and co-founder, Karen Ferrell-Ingram, was honored as the recipient of this prestigious award. The staff and board of ESLT is enormously proud to call Karen our own; her insight, grace, and the depth of her contributions to the Eastern Sierra are truly inspirational.

Mono Lake Committee’s Executive Director, Geoff McQuilkin, presented Karen with the Andrea Lawrence award. Photo courtesy of the Mono Lake Committee.

Mono Lake Committee’s Executive Director, Geoff McQuilkin, presented Karen with the Andrea Lawrence award. Photo courtesy of the Mono Lake Committee.

As the first individual ever chosen to receive this distinction, Karen spoke humbly and eloquently when presented with the award over dessert. Photo courtesy of the Mono Lake Committee.

As the first individual ever chosen to receive this distinction, Karen spoke humbly and eloquently when presented with the award over dessert. Photo courtesy of the Mono Lake Committee.

Established in 2007, the Andrea Lawrence Award celebrates, “passionate engagement in community and the land,” and is awarded to a person or organization whose environmental work has contributed notably to sustaining the integrity of the Eastern Sierra. Karen was singled out for her, “insightful and inspirational leadership in the protection and preservation of Eastern Sierra scenic and working landscapes and the wildlife, plant communities, and people that depend on them.”

The award was established by the late Andrea Mead Lawrence, and serves as a fundraiser for her legacy, the Andrea Lawrence Fund. In conjunction with the Mono Lake Committee, this award continues on in the memory of its namesake, a double Olympic gold medalist and tireless supporter of environmental preservation in the Eastern Sierra.

Karen was honored with a standing ovation by the crowd following her remarks. Photo courtesy of the Mono Lake Committee.

Karen received a standing ovation from the audience following her remarks about her work with ESLT and her devotion to the Eastern Sierra community. Photo courtesy of the Mono Lake Committee.

Also present at the event was the family of Andrea Lawrence. Her daughters, Quentin and Corty, also spoke at the dinner, sharing moving stories about their mother and the process of naming Mt. Andrea Lawrence in her honor. Photo courtesy of the Mono Lake Committee.

Also present at the dinner was the family of Andrea Lawrence. Her daughters, Quentin and Corty, shared moving stories about their mother and the process of naming Mt. Andrea Lawrence. Photo courtesy of the Mono Lake Committee.

After celebrating the success of the newly-named Mt. Andrea Lawrence, guests at this event were treated to a special viewing of The Mono Lake Story, produced by Bristlecone Media. This motivational and beautiful short film was a perfect cornerstone in the celebration of Andrea Lawrence’s legacy.

If you are interested in learning more about the Andrea Lawrence Award and its namesake, we encourage you to visit the Mono Lake Committee website. They’ve also written up their very own blog post regarding the event here!

Many thanks to the Mono Lake Committee for the photos included above, and for hosting such a special event.


Valleys and Vistas tells the story of ESLT's role in preserving the wild and working landscapes of the Eastern Sierra. Photo courtesy of Bristlecone Media.

Valleys and Vistas tells the story of ESLT’s role in preserving the wild and working landscapes of the Eastern Sierra. Photo courtesy of Bristlecone Media.

Which reminds us: we have our own Bristlecone Media – produced film ready to debut!

For those who have not yet heard, on Saturday, May 11 we will be premiering our new short documentary, Valleys and Vistas: Preserving the Wild Side of California.

This event will be held at 7:30 at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center. Admission is free to members of ESLT, and we ask a contribution of $10 for non-members. Dessert, wine, and some celebratory bubbles will be provided. At this event, we will we bidding a final, fond farewell to Karen after the showing of the film, and will be welcoming our new Executive Director, Kay Ogden, to the helm at ESLT.

For more information, please visit our website or call us at 760-873-4554.

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